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Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and I are hosting a three-part series of panel discussions on Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, that will feature a diverse group of AAPI leaders and community members from across the country.  

The panel discussions aim to provide a foundation for understanding our diverse AAPI community, discussing its culture and history, origins of prejudice and violence, and notions of identity within the AAPI community. 

All panel discussions are virtual, free and open to the public on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. PT: May 13, 20 and 27.   Panel information and registration details are below.  

Thursday, May 13:  Our Diverse AAPI Community

Who’s who in our AAPI community? What are their histories, stories and experiences? What are their similarities and differenc​es?

Register in advance for this webinar.

  • Pawan Dinghra, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College and author of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian Americans and the Challenge of Multiple Identities and co-author of Asian America.​
  • Michele Lew, CEO, The Health Trust
  • Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Chair and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA​ and author of Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States and co-author of The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration.      

Thursday, May 20:  Prejudice and Violence

Where does the prejudice come from? What causes the violence? And what can we do about it?

Register in advance for this webinar.

  • Honorable Rob Bonta, Attorney General, State of California
  • Honorable Johnny Gogo, Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Helen Hsu, Psy.D., Lead Outreach Specialist, Staff Psychologist, Asian American specialist, and lecturer at Stanford University

Thursday, May 27:  Notions of Identity

How does the AAPI community see and describe itself? How is it seen and described by others?

Register in advance for this webinar.​ 
  • Thuy Thi Nguyen, President, Foothill College
  • Phillip Yun, CEO, World Affairs Council
  • Pawan Dinghra, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College and author of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian Americans and the Challenge of Multiple Identities and co-author of Asian America.​
All events will be recorded and available for viewing.  ​​
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Last updated: 5/6/2021 9:28 AM